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From the Bride... Cord and I met my first week of college at Oxford College of Emory University in Oxford, Georgia in August 2000. He was an RA and helping freshmen move into the dorms. We became friends and on the last day of my first semester, went on our first date in Atlanta. Given that it was a 45 minute drive to dinner, Cord apparently worried that we would have nothing to talk about for the long drive to dinner and back, but once we realized we liked the same music (I later found out he was won over when I knew all the words to Ben Fold's "Kate"), we had a fantastic night. It was probably one of the longest first dates ever — at least 12 hours as we stayed up and talked into the wee hours of the next day and saw the sunrise together.
We were married at my family's farm in Rapidan, Virginia. It's where my parents have lived since I was in college. Cord and I love to escape the city for weekends and go and visit there as its just a 90 minute drive from DC, so it holds a lot of special memories for us. Also, you just can't beat the views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the sunsets from their farm, so we set up the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception to take full advantage of the sweeping country views and sunset. As guests arrived, we had lemonade waiting for them, along with handmade cones (which coordinated with the wedding invitations) filled with lavender for guests to toss after the ceremony. For the ceremony, I made our ring holders out of mini bird’s nests, moss and purple ribbon. After the ceremony, we had servers at the ready with glasses of champagne in coupe glasses (my favorite!), so that guests could sip on some bubbly during their short walk to the cocktail site. My mother handmade signs with reclaimed wood from an old barn. The signs were painted white and purple and directed guests to the various weddings locations on the farm: parking, ceremony, cocktails, reception, etc. At the cocktail site, we selected photographs that showed us from babies through the present and incorporated photos of family and friends. We hung the photos (approx. 400!) with string and little wooden clips between bushes, from branches of trees, along the back of benches, etc. Our guests really enjoyed looking at the photos during cocktail hour. As the evening wore on, we served hot coffee and fresh donuts to revive our guests!
We created a display of wedding dresses on mannequins in the reception tent as a nod to other family members and their weddings (and the changing style of wedding dresses over time). The dresses included: my grandmother, mother and one of my sisters, and Cord's mother and sister. We also had a wall behind the dresses covered with photos of various family members (parents, grandparents, great grandparents, siblings, cousins, etc.) on their wedding days. Our guest had a LOT of fun looking at the dresses and photos and some were really nicely surprised to see a photo of themselves on their wedding day! The red-handled knife we used to cut our wedding cake is the exact same knife myself and all of my siblings used as children to cut our birthday cakes. Everyone at our wedding loved to dance and the dance floor was packed throughout the evening. It was truly the most fun night of our lives!
Wedding Photography: Jen Fariello Photography
/ Wedding Venue: Mistwood Farms, The Bride's Family Farm in Rapidan, Virginia / Floral Design: The Dolley Madison Garden Club
(The Bride's Mother is a Member) / Event Design + Planning: The Bride + Her Mother / Cinematography: Kirby Martin Cinematography
/ Officiant: The Groom's Uncle / Wedding Invitations: William Arthur
"Love Birds" via Paper Source
/ Wedding Cake + Desserts: Real Food
/ Ceremony Guitar: The Bride's Brother / Fruit Preserve Favors: Retreat Farm
/ Dishes, Cutlery + Glasses: Beggars Banquet Catering
/ Music: Derek J. Tobler
/ Wedding Dress: Modern Trousseau "Wallis"
/ Bride's Sashes: Modern Trousseau
/ Veil: Christina Garcia
/ Bride's Necklace: Her Great-Grandmother / Bride's Earrings: A Gift from the Groom / Bridesmaids' Dresses: Various / Add-On to Shoes: SoleMates
/ Groom's Pocket Watch: Vintage / Groom's Rose Gold Watch: A Gift from the Bride / Groom's Wedding Band: Cartier